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The 2021 Grammy nominations have been formally introduced on Nov. 24, and The Weeknd was noticeably absent from the checklist. Regardless of being named one in every of Time’s most influential folks this yr and After Hours changing into the most-streamed R&B album of all time, the 30-year-old singer was rudely snubbed by the Recording Academy.
The Grammys have a years-long historical past of ignoring nice music and never giving credit score the place it is due — see Adele’s 2017 win for album of the yr for 25 over Beyonce’s Lemonade — however I simply want somebody to elucidate to me what the hell occurred? “Blinding Lights” was omnipresent this yr, popping up in commercials and at virtually each award present, and The Weeknd virtually led the nominations on the American Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. To not point out, he was simply introduced because the headliner for subsequent yr’s Tremendous Bowl and his After Hours album is at the moment the third biggest album of the year by way of whole gross sales. But he wasn’t nominated for a single Grammy — not one!
At first, I figured it might have been because of the album not qualifying for the eligibility interval, however no, I checked, and it was. The Recording Academy hasn’t had any downside nominating him earlier than — The Weeknd is a three-time Grammy winner, thanks very a lot — so there are solely two logical explanations as to what occurred. In keeping with Selection, with a view to be thought of, a recording must be sent in for consideration, so it is doable his Republic Information label did not submit something. Nonetheless, that appears impossible, provided that it additionally handles Taylor Swift, who nabbed six nods. One other chance is that maybe the Academy was confused on whether or not The Weeknd is taken into account a pop or R&B act, so it simply left him out of these classes fully, although that also does not clarify his absence from the album and file of the yr classes.
After all, I am not the one one who thinks The Weeknd was snubbed. Shortly after the nominations have been introduced, the hashtag #ROBBED began trending on Twitter, with followers expressing their anger over The Weeknd’s omission — even Kid Cudi chimed in, writing, “Abel was robbed man this sh*ts weak.” No shade to Justin Bieber or Cats, however how is it that “Yummy” is up for finest pop solo efficiency and “Lovely Ghosts” is nominated for finest music written for visible media? I am confused.
Abel was robbed man this shits weak
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) November 24, 2020
The Weeknd later addressed the Grammys shutout on Twitter, writing, “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency…”
The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Within the phrases of Kanye West, The Weeknd had among the best albums of all time, and the Grammys must reevaluate their nomination course of, as a result of it is clearly not working.